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Hack your way into a Pinterest tab for your Facebook Page

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As a Pinterest user, you probably already know that you can share pins on Facebook from your Pinterest account, or even Twitter, and if you are so inclined, all of your Pinterest activity can be syndicated to your social networks. Those are all great things, but that only helps for personal use and none of those efforts are fruitful for your Facebook Page if you are separating your professional efforts into a separate stream than your personal updates.

There is currently not native Pinterest tab, but there is a way to hack your way into sharing your Pinterest page with your Facebook Page followers without being a programming wizard – we’re going to walk you through this.

First, log into your Facebook account, then visit the Static iFrame Tab setup:

To get started, grant the app permission, then tell the app which page to place your tab from the drop down menu:

To access the settings for your new tab and to get one step closer to being Pinterest-ing on Facebook, look down at the sidebar of your page and click “Welcome,” which is the default name for the tab we will change momentarily:

Authorize the app (again, yes, it is redundant), which will take you to the settings. We suggest the following settings with one modification – set the height of the page to 1500 not 1200 so visitors will not have to scroll up and down. If you have additional rows of boards, add roughly 600 pixels per row. Most settings you see below are the default settings of the tab app, and give your tab a name (we went with PINTEREST-ing which is what the sidebar will now say instead of “Welcome”):

The final product

There are pros and cons to the final product, but take a look below before we share our notes:

The first thing you’ll notice is that viewers have to scroll left and right to see your pins, but they can actually click on your pins and boards without leaving Facebook. Since Facebook altered their design, “tabs” are on the left side of the Facebook Page, so it will take a little effort to actually demonstrate to your page visitors that they can see your Pinterest page right there on Facebook – it is no longer a literal tab at the top of the page, so make sure to spell it out for page visitors.

If you want, the final setting option allows you to make this tab your default page for people who are not yet fans, but unless you’re going all in on Pinterest and it is more important than your blog, website or Facebook itself.

So there you have it, a fast and easy way to bring your Pinterest page to your Facebook page!

Update: an alternative, and more robust option now on the market is Woobox’s Pinterest tab.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Lynnette Walczak

    February 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    THANKS! Great tip. Appreciate your step-by-step instructions 😀 (…just wish you could adjust the width so visitors wouldn't have to scroll left & right)

  2. Tonja

    February 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    You must think like http://www.studiotrainer.blogspot.com she shared this same idea several weeks ago..

    It is a good idea!! Should be pretty fun to share your pins this way!

  3. Pau

    February 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

    That's a great temporary idea, sure Pinterest will setup this functionality soon. I would like to add a tip:

    Instead of using your regular url like " pinterest.com/losafiladores/ " use the Mobile url " m.pinterest.com/losafiladores/ "

  4. Theresa

    February 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks so much for posting. I've neglected my Pinterest page, now I'll add it to my Facebook page – that will motivate me to make sure I work on it everyday!

    @Paul Does using the Mobile url help eliminate the scrolling?

  5. Abigail

    February 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Thanks! super easy and super handy! Will be sharing!

  6. shannon olson

    February 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

    thank you!!!! great help

  7. Melissa

    February 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It is just the solution we were looking for. Keep the great ideas coming.

  8. Dena

    February 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Is it just me…but when I am logged into Pinterest and view the Pinterest tab on FB, anyone can go into and edit my account. Am I doing something wrong? Also how do I delete the tab from FB if I wanted to?
    Thanks for the help.

  9. Dena

    February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I hit the little x buy the welcome tab thinking that would delete it and I went to try and re-install the program but it is saying that it is already installed. But I can't find it…where would I find it? Thanks

    • Dena

      February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I figured it out…Go Me!!

  10. La Vie en Rose

    March 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Lani, Thanks a million, just installed, works perfectly 🙂

    Sharon

  11. Lee

    March 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for this tip! Will this need to be tweaked for the new Timeline format? My brand’s pages are already on Timeline, and the forced switch for everyone happens tomorrow.

  12. christopher gaston

    April 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I followed your instructions and now have the tab on my facebook page. However, when I tried to click on any of the link, I get an error stating the content cannot be displayed in a frame.

    Have you encountered this? And is there any solution?

    Thanks for the article.
    –christopher

    • NearlyNormal

      June 25, 2012 at 6:57 am

      See my comment for much better apps to put Pinterest on your FB page. 

  13. ShashankTripathi

    June 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

    For Pages, there are plenty of options. How should I do this with my personal timeline?

  14. NearlyNormal

    June 25, 2012 at 6:48 am

    For Pages, there are many options such as WooBox or Pinvolve. How do I get a similar tab on my own personal timeline?

  15. roxanaramirez144

    June 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    e-mail zilchex@gmx.com !  I did it for a FB account! and it was fast and great!!  

  16. EtsyBagalicious

    July 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I had this set up on my Bagalicious Facebook page, https://facebook.com/bagalicious but lately when I click on the tab I’m getting a big “Unauthorized” message. Has anyone else seen this? I’m considering deleting the tab and starting all over but I’m wondering if Pinterest or Facebook is now disallowing this for some reason.

  17. EtsyBagalicious

    July 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    FYI, I did end up switching over to Pinvolve since I could not get the Static Iframe Tab to work again. (It was working when I set it up a few months ago but does not seem to work anymore and I’m not sure why.) Thanks to @NearlyNormal for the tip! ~Corinne

  18. Elaine Griffin

    July 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hi there, I published a similar tutorial several months ago, and now I  and many others are getting the “unauthorized” message in our tab. Have you experienced this? I’m trying to find out what the deal is without switching to Woobox.

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There’s a subreddit that is literally moving the stock market

(SOCIAL MEDIA) “You can’t change the world on Reddit all day.” Hm. Wanna bet? Some people do bet on whether a stock will rise or fall on Reddit.

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I don’t gamble. RIP to Mister Kenny Rogers, but this whole folding, holding, walking, running business is bad for my heart.

So playing the stock market is out for me, but apparently, you don’t even need an accountant to place your bets? The good, if foul mouthed, people of r/WSB aren’t just proving that, their playing and paying outside the traditional trading room is actually moving markets!

The subreddit, full name r/wallstreetbets, is 900,000 users strong, and boasts members that have been involved for years. They show off their stock market wins, losses, jokes, and opinions with varying levels of insight on all contributions.

Ordinarily, this’d just be an interesting collection of folks talking stock, but some of their threads have been shown to have an effect on share prices!

Users don’t just share what and how they’ve traded, they also gamble on what stock prices will do, without actually purchasing or selling any. Options contracts allow users to cast lots for less cash, while retaining the power to show actual purchases as hotter or colder and literally moving the temperature dial on them by word of mouth (and possibly pure conjecture) alone.

So I could hop in, put a marginal amount of money down, and say ‘Stock in Pressure Valve Company X is going to go up since more people are buying bidets in the wake of the Corona-based toilet paper hoarders, and they’re a key component’, then pepper in some off-color jokes about personal hygiene and everyone’s moms to blend in, and potentially wait to collect!

Neat.

After all, not only are surges of humans looking at these bets, web algorithms and cookie crawlers are staring too. It’s chatrooms of the dotcom boom all over again, except more chaotic, more gif-laden, and more monitored by outside forces.

It’d be sinister if the vibe of the sub wasn’t ‘Take literally nothing seriously’. Try discussing ‘chicken tendies’ in a boardroom sometime and see what I mean…although the tide on that might be shifting as well.

The one forbidden thing here is actually using the forum for insider trading. Directly profiting from the rumors gets users exiled, and gets users interacting with them booted too.

Serious business actually DOES occur, who would have thought? I wouldn’t have. Which is why I don’t gamble.

It’s easy to write Reddit off as just an online echo chamber slash cesspool, but when it comes down to it, the American Psychos of the world are on the same internet as the basement-dwellers, and the gap in financial literacy between the two ends of the spectrum is pulling a reverse Pangea.

We need to start recognizing that.

I’m still staying away from 4Chan though.

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(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook messenger has been around a loooooong time and has started to suffer from build bloat. So the new project lightspeed has redesigned it.

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If you’ve ever spent time in an old-school, family-built home, then you have an idea of what the inner workings of the Facebook Messenger app look like. It began with just a few rooms, but as the needs of the family grew, they kept adding on rooms wherever they fit until the layout no longer made sense and the home became a bloated maze.

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At some point, they realized that the app had gotten away from them. The Facebook Messenger currently on your device has move 1.7 million lines of code. An app that big is slow and takes up a ton of valuable space on users devices, so the team knew it was time for a change. The project became internally as Project LightSpeed.

Facebook Messenger is a valuable app for connecting with friends, family, and business connections across the globe. You don’t even need to be Facebook friends with someone to message them making it an invaluable tool for long-distance teams or new business connections. In recent years, the app has begun to slow down making it vulnerable to competitors like WhatsApp.

The development team’s goal for the new app was to make it small, fast, and simple. In order to achieve this Facebook’s team of engineers has reduced the core code by 84%, taking the original 1.7 million lines of code down to 360,000. The new app will be about a quarter of the size of the current app.

A smaller app will load quicker and be more responsive, even if you’re using an older device or you’re in an area with lower connectivity. Current tests put the new app as being twice as fast as the current version, while keeping all the features that users have come to expect. Don’t worry, you will still be able to send your friends stickers, pictures, and obnoxious amounts of GIFs.

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Facebook wants to hear from you. Literally. For innocent reasons

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As if Facebook didn’t already own everything that is you, they are asking to hear you say a specific phrase for their new voice services.

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Good news, Facebook is now offering to pay you to let strangers listen to you! Well, kind of.

Users connect to Viewpoints – a different app under the Facebook umbrella – which allows them to participate in market research. In this case, participants repeat the phrase “Hey Portal, call,” followed by the name of a Facebook friend, and submit the recording. The whole ordeal is about five minutes, tops.

By finishing this and other tasks, participants can expect to make a grand total of…$5. It’s not much, but at least that’s a fancy cup of coffee for work you can do while waiting for the ads to finish on your TV show.

So, why is Facebook shelling out $5 for people to make voice recordings? Surprisingly, it’s because AI is not nearly as smart as we sometimes assume – especially when it comes to voice commands. There’s a whole host of things that go into how we communicate, like posture, tone and even slang, which can make understanding vocal commands a much bigger ordeal.

In order to make improvements to the system, it often requires teams of humans putting in the leg-work. This means studying the disconnect between humans and machines, as well as creating solutions. Unfortunately, this human touch is also the excuse companies like Amazon use to justify listening in on your conversations. (Sure, users can ‘opt out’ but come on. That’s not exactly something Amazon advertises.)

As more people grow aware of the potential breach of privacy that tech like Alexa or Portal can bring, however, it’s put pressure on companies to scale back. Which is where Facebook’s new paid survey comes in. Unlike an anonymous employee listening in on a random Portal conversation, this way participants opt in, rather than out, of having their information shared.

The academic in me is slightly skeptical. There’s only so far a paid study like this can get, especially when it comes to the nuances of voice command. The conspiracy theorist in me is also skeptical, mostly because although Facebook promises they won’t sell your information or publicly share it, there’s still plenty of nefarious things to be done. That said, at the end of the day, at least Facebook isn’t just swiping information off your Portal…and you even get some pocket change in exchange.

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